Autism Case Study Assessment - TZ530

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Yearlong
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5 30 (15) DR J Bradshaw


This module is completed as part of the second year of a Foundation Degree or a BSc in Autism Studies. As part of either the Foundation degree or the BSc, they will have completed TZ313 (introduction to the Autism Spectrum), TZ314 (introduction to supporting people on the Autism Spectrum), TZ 315 (Intervention part 1), TZ317 (case study intervention) and, SO328 (Academic development) and TZAUT7 (Case study assessment).


AVAILABLE only to students studying the Autism Programmes



This is essentially an assessment module that requires students to integrate knowledge and understanding from a variety of sources, including their own experience. It tests their ability to apply their knowledge to a hypothetical cases, demonstrating both understanding and skills to develop an intervention for the situation described. It will assess knowledge and understanding across TZAut4 and TZaut5 but in particular it will explore issues related to Theoretical and diagnostic approaches to autism and intervention in autism.

Students will be expected to conduct a substantial amount of additional reading in order to complete the case studies. However, students will also be provided with information about methods of assessment of quality of life, observational methods and will be provided with the opportunity to practice the methods taught before completing their assignment. In addition they will be provided with web-based information and guidance on bringing together information from different sources and developing a hypothesis of what factors might be influencing the quality of life of an individual they support.


Contact hours

Students will be expected to spend approximately 300 hours on this module. They will spend approximately 10 hours in face-to-face practice sessions and approximately 100 hours in independent study including literature searching and reading material and then the remaining 190 hours in planning and writing the two case reports


Available 2016/17

Method of assessment

This module is primarily and assessment module and will involve the completion of an 8000 word case report submitted in two parts.

Indicative reading

Attwood, T. (2007) The complete guide to Asperger's syndrome Jessica Kingsley publishers

Baron-Cohen, S (2008) Autism and Asperger Syndrome: the facts, Oxford University Press

Charman T and Howlin, P. (2003) Research into early intervention for children with autism and related disorders: methodological and design issues Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice 7 217-225.

Howlin, P (1997) Interventions for people with autism: recent advances Advances in Psychiatric Treatment (1997), vol. 3, pp. 94-102

Frith, U. (2003) Autism: Explaining the Enigma (second edition) Basil Blackwell.

Frith, U (2008) Autism: A very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press.

Rogers, S. J. (1998). Empirically supported comprehensive treatments for young
children with autism. Journal of clinical child psychology 27(2): 168-179.

Schopler, E. (2001). Treatment for Autism: From science to pseudo-science or antiscience in
The Research Basis for Autism Intervention. E. Schopler, N. Yirmiya, C. Shulman and L. M. Marcus. New York, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Shea, V (2004) A perspective on the research literature related to early intensive behavioural intervention (Lovaas) for young children with autism. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 8 (4) 349 – 368.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

This is an assessment module and will help students to apply the knowledge they have accumulated on TZAUT4 Theoretical and diagnostic approaches to autism, and TZAUT 5 Intervention Part 2 as well as drawing on the knowledge gained in Year 1 of the programme.
At the end of this module (which will be completed towards the end of studying of TZAUT4 and TZAUT 5) students will have an enhanced knowledge of
Theoretical approaches to understanding and diagnosing autism as well as a critical appraisal of interventions available to people with autism.
This specific module learning outcome links to all FD PLO A8, A9,A10, A11 and A12 ; BSc PLO A1 and A5 Understanding of intervention in autism


Co-requisites will be TZ528 (Theoretical and Diagnostic Approaches to Autism), TZ529 (Intervention Part 2), TZ531(Autism Extended Essay) and TZ527(Work based learning).

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